Saturday, 22 March 2014
Kenyan parliament passes polygamy law
Kenya's parliament has passed a bill allowing men to marry as many women as they want, prompting a furious backlash from female politicians.
The bill, which amended existing marriage legislation, was passed late on Thursday to formalise customary law about marrying more than one person.
The proposed bill had initially given a wife the right to veto the husband's choice, but male members of parliament overcame party divisions to push through a text that dropped this clause, the AFP news agency reported.
"When you marry an African woman, she must know the second one is on the way, and a third wife.